Orho Obada: Former minister of works dies after brief illness

Orho Obada: Former minister of works dies after brief illness

- Delta state has lost another prominent personality to the cold hands of death

- Major-General Orho Obada (rtrd), Overah, a former federal commissioner for works is dead

- According to emerging reports, the former minister of works died after a brief illness on Saturday, June 13

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A report by The Nation indicates that Major-General Orho Obada (rtrd), a former federal commissioner for works, is dead.

The retired military officer reportedly died Saturday night, June 13, after a brief undisclosed illness at the age of 81.

His death was confirmed by sources within Urhobo Progress Union (UPU), in Warri on Sunday, June 14.

The former minister who hailed from Agbarho Kingdom in Ughelli North local government area of the state was reported to have fallen ill last week.

Orho Obada: Former minister of works dies after brief illness
Major-General Orho Obada (rtrd), former federal commissioner for works. Photo credit: The Nation/ UGC
Source: UGC

Obada up until his death was the chairman, Board of Trustee of the apex socio-cultural body of the Urhobo people.

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The former minister is the third prominent Deltan to have died in the past week.

The news of Obada's demise is coming barely five days after the government of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta was tragically plunged into mourning following the death of one of the state commissioners, Hon. Joyce Overah.

Overah, until his death, was the commissioner on the board of the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC).

The commissioner was said to have passed away on Tuesday afternoon, June 9, in Sapele. He represented Sapele, Okpe and Ethiope West local government areas on the DESOPADEC board.

Overah, it was gathered, collapsed in 2019, moments before his swearing-in as member of the current board of DESOPADEC by Governor Okowa and was conveyed from the event through an ambulance.

The commissioner died in his late 50s and was survived by six children and an aged father.

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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the chief executive of Tonimas Oil and Gas Group and one of Nigeria's richest oil magnates, Chief Anthony Enukeme, has died at the age of 75.

He died on Monday night, June 8, after a brief illness. According to a family source, the deceased used to travel overseas every year for routine health checks but was unable to travel this year due to the pandemic.

The family source said Enukeme died because of the travel ban occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic.

In other news, Plateau state has been hit by what appeared to be a mysterious death after about 50 people were said to have died and buried in various cemeteries within three weeks.

The incident, which came amid Covid-19 crisis, has now plunged the authorises of Jos North local government area of the state into palpable fear.

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According to a report contained in ThisDay, deaths brought for burial in some of the cemeteries including the one at the Zaria road have suddenly surged as grave digger expressed concern.

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